California

This is my state! VERY cool video!

California from Hal Bergman on Vimeo.

California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It’s almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it’s own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Continental United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It’s most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra. More important than those facts, to me, is that I was born and spent most of my life here.

My goal was to cram all of the visually stunning things about the entire state, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to wilderness and national parks, into four minutes. I intended to use this as a pitch for work from the California Board of Tourism, but now I’m sharing it publicly.

The average clip took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. Several cuts are from clips more than 24 hours long. I shot 423 clips over four years to make this, but the majority of the 67 clips ultimately used were shot in the last 12 months.

The music is “Intense Rocks” by Sebastian Watzinger, licensed from Audiosocket.

Most of the individual clips are available for license via Getty Images, Dissolve, or directly. Many of them feature in the Magic Window timelapse screensaver for Mac.

License Clips on Getty Images: tinyurl.com/califtlg
License Clips on Dissolve: tinyurl.com/califtld

My Facebook: facebook.com/hal9000
Instagram: instagram.com/halbergman
Flickr: flickr.com/photos/pyrokinetic/

Have a Mac? Want my timelapses as a screensaver? Here’s a project I did the photography for:
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(If you got this far down, thank you! I’d like to add that I’m available for hire. I specialize in still photography and timelapse photography for travel, architecture, and industry.)

Full list of locations used:
Alabama Hills
Big Sur
Bombay Beach
Death Valley National Park
Gilroy
Inyo National Forest
Jenner
Joshua Tree
Lake Tahoe
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Malibu
Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve
Mount Shasta
Napa
Onyx
Owens Lake
Salinas
San Diego
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo
Santa Monica
Sequoia National Forest
Venice
Weldon
Yosemite National Park

Buy or Rent?

Always a good question!

Rent vs. Own: Which Option Is Best for You?

It’s a question that millions of Americans face every year: Should I rent a place to live or should I buy one? The answer depends on an array of factors, including how much money you’re prepared to sink into your home.

To help you figure out whether to head down the rent or own route, we’ve created this infographic that covers some key considerations.

Fast fact: About two-thirds of Americans are homeowners and about one-third are renters, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council.

For more information about renting vs. owning, read this article on The SpareFoot Blog.

- See more at: http://www.sparefoot.com/storage-tips/rent-vs-own-infographic/#sthash.tlRHKvOn.dpuf

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Courtesy of: SpareFoot

How Much is 100 Bucks Worth in Your State?

This is interesting. “Inflation” on a state-by-state (and a bonus by metro area) basis. From Lifehacker we can take a look at

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The face value of $100 is the same in all 50 states, but when it comes to actual purchasing power, your mileage may vary depending on where you are. These are the states that offer the biggest bang for your buck.

Update: Ask and you shall receive! The good folks at Tax Foundation have also put together a map for metropolitan areas due to popular demand. This map helps break down smaller regions a lot better. Check it out below!

The numbers on the map, from the Tax Foundation, represent the actual value of goods you can buy in each state compared to the national average—as calculated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Essentially, $100 that you earn in one state is actually worth more than $100 you’d earn in another. Some of the gaps aren’t that wide, but when you consider your salary, it can make a world of difference. For example:

The same amount of dollars are worth almost 40 percent more in Mississippi than in DC, and the differences become even larger if metro area prices are considered instead of statewide averages. A person who makes $40,000 a year after tax in Kentucky would need to have after-tax earnings of $53,000 in Washington, DC just in order to have an equal standard of living, let alone feel richer.

Of course, states where your money may be worth less also tend to have higher incomes to try and balance things—so keep that in mind. Still, it’s something to consider when you’re dwelling on places to move or open a business. For more information on the relative value of $100 across the states, check the link below.

The Real Value of $100 in Each State | Tax Foundation via Consumerist

The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas | Tax Foundation

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America’s Super Cities

Do you live in a Super City? Here is a cool infographic from SpareFoot that shows us

America’s Super Cities: Places to Watch in 2014

Every day, it seems, publications and websites are cranking out “best of” lists, like the Best Places to Live, the Best Places to Work and so on. So we decided to put together a list of lists, if you will, in an infographic to give you a quick look at some of the U.S. cities to watch in 2014. Our mega-list relies on data from the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, as well as from several media outlets.

Now, let the debate begin about which cities should or should not be listed on this infographic.

Sparefoot SuperCities America’s Super Cities

Courtesy of: SpareFoot

- See more at: http://www.sparefoot.com/storage-tips/americas-super-cities/#sthash.z0aMtXpw.dpuf

Baking 101

This handy infographic comes from our good friends at Shari’s Berries (see previous DLT posts here and here).

The Science of Baking

Ever wondered how your oven can transform a pale blob of dough into a crisp, brown sugar cookie? Or a pan full of gooey batter into a fluffy cake? It’s not magic. Well … maybe it’s a little magical, because all cooking is one part art, especially when it comes to inventing new recipes and baked treats (like cake pops). The other part, of course, is science. That’s the part that does all the browning, crisping and batter fluffing. It’s all explained in our fun and informative infographic.

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More About Baking

Ready to start baking? Or would you rather eat the chocolate cake than make it? That’s fine too, as we’ve got plenty of cakes and cookies  if you need a delicious baked birthday or holiday gift in a hurry. You can also join us on Pinterest for more great baking ideas.

2nd Cousins Twice Removed – Explained

My Brother is always able to figure this stuff out – to me it is just confusing! From Sploid we get

Animation explains how to easily understand your entire family tree

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You got your mom and dad and sister and brother. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents are easy enough to understand. But what about your extended family of 2nd cousins and those twice removed or great aunts and kids of that one lady who was always at your family parties? What do you call them? This explainer by CGP Grey breaks it down for you.

There are very simple tricks you can remember to figure out where you are in the family tree with the other person. Like how many “G’s” there are in a person’s title means how many generations are between you. Grandparent is one ‘G’ so it’s one generation in between (your parents), Great-Grandparents has two g’s which mean it’s two generations (parents and grandparents). Watch below to find out more simple tricks.


Image Credit: SASIMOTO/shutterstock

Plus a bonus of a spreadsheet that YOU can use on your Family – look here.

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